Man robs two people, 1 at gunpoint, at Fruitvale BART Station


It’s the latest crime to hit BART in the past week–a man robbed two people, one of them at gunpoint, at the Fruitvale BART Station on Wednesday morning.

It all happened at a busy time. BART officials say it happened so fast.

Commuters are still reeling from the tragic stabbing over the weekend. The spike in crime is frightening for many riders.

Around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, a rash of crimes happened in the middle of rush hour.

According to BART police, two people were robbed inside this parking garage at the Fruitvale BART station.

In one incident, the suspect robbed the victim at gunpoint, pounded on a window, and shattered it.

Four other cars were burglarized.

“I feel like it’s gotten worse over time,” Oakland native Payton McCants said. “It wasn’t this bad before, but now it’s.”

McCants has been taking BART since she was 11 years old.

She’s now 21.

“All of us, young or old, make sure we’re prepared with what’s going on because it’s a lot going on, and we don’t know what’s going on with other people’s life or you know heads or whatever,” McCants said.

One woman was aware of her surroundings as she notified the station agent after she was walking inside the garage. The same morning of the crimes, she told BART police a car pulled up next to her.

The same car turned out to be the suspect.

The suspect got away and later crashed his getaway car in East Oakland.

Police are still looking for him.

They’re combing through the evidence.

​​​​​​The victims describe the suspect as an African-American male, 5 feet 8 inches tall, larger build, and wearing a black skeleton hoodie.



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